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president mazzucco: good evening, lieutenant, how are you? >> good evening, chief suhr, members of the public. i have two things for you this evening. the first is my name is lee and we represent the 250 officers in our police department. the first thing i would like to say is as president of our organization, i could not be more happy and more proud to congratulate chief suhr on his appointment as our police chief. i have talked about the issue of diversity and what i want to say is, i think if you have a commitment to diversity, it's not just something that is a cerebral commitment but you have to believe in your heart. i have known you for 30 years and i believe with everything i am that you are the right man at the right time and i know your
commitment to diversity and i know you have it in your heart. and for that, what i want to say is, you have our unwavered support. anything we can do to assist you, our community, you have it and we will do it. we could not be prouder of you. and i could not be prouder of you personally, congratulations. the second thing i want to talk to you i asked officer michael evans to come. a few weeks ago, you guys had an issue regarding an alleged misconduct by a patrol special. and some of the comments that were raised during that commission meeting ended up being interpreted by the media i think wrongly. and somehow the issue that was before you, which you moved back to the police chief, became not about the issue at hand, but
somehow about the officer who had the initial contact with this individual. he was not treated very fairly by some members of the media. officer evans is somebody who believes in community policing. he is somebody who volunteers his time in the community. he lives in the castro. he eats in the castro. and he has the three-car in the northern district. he is somebody i couldn't be prouder of. unfortunately the press twisted things a bit and he became the focus of some really uncomfortable comments by the media and when he's out walking in his neighborhood rkts he's being taken on by citizens for something i believe that he truly was just doing his job. so i came here tonight. i wanted to do this earlier and mike was out of town and i was
out of town and i came here because i feel like i'm hopeful that one or more of you will correct this because i think the financing -- fingers are pointing to the person. >> i hope others agree with me, nothing whatsoever we said was in any way intended to bring discredit to officer evans. i'm proud what you did that night. you patrol tough neighborhoods. you make them liveable for the citizens of san francisco and we are grateful for that. the only comment we had was on certain decisions on filing charges and how things should have happened. as a member of the community, someone who lives around these neighborhoods, i know you personally and i know your work and you are the highest caliber police officer in san francisco and nobody should cast aspersions on you or your work.
>> i want to say thank you and that was the reason for my visit here on the second issue. and thank you for your comments. it means the world to him and our members. and hopefully now he can get this behind him. >> give him my number, officer evans. and i'll's clear things up. >> good evening. congratulations. i know the chief suhr. we have a long history long time ago. but like i heard some of the commissioners speak today, they said that you basically inherited everything that they passed on to you. so one thing i want to talk to you about tonight, my brother, charles harrison, he was membered on january 2 the
beginning of this year in the tenderloin district. we are trying to overcome different things. nobody's perfect. always good to see growth and evolution where you see things start at one level and they grow and become something that is better and that's good. that's what we see with you becoming the chief. but my brother, you know, he's dead. he has two children that's young and they need -- they needed his fatherly protection which they don't have. there is a man or an individual who was caught on tape murdering my brother, you know. and i can see if it was something where, you know, there was no tape or no witnesses, but when you got a man on tape that can shoot somebody, wasn't in broad daylight, but shoot somebody on video and he's getting away with it. my brother was trying to
overcome poverty and there's an individual in the tenderloin who is taking advantage and he is a poverty pimp because he is taking advantage of people in the do you understand situation. and something needs to be done about that. i know when i was out there doing what i was doing, you all came through and i don't continue to do that. i don't think it should be right that that individual should be down there and just have a basically free pass to be doing dealing death, basically. we are hoping we can get some justice. i appreciate all of the work that's been done, you know. the detectives have been calling for the last two weeks. they have been in contact with the family. before that, it was on and off, like i stated last week and i was taken out to the hallway because i guess i didn't say it the right way. i'm not a public speaker and do
the best i can. yeah, we just want some closure to this situation. and we hope that we can get that with the new chief and we'll be down here if not every wednesday, every other wednesday until we see some forward motion or justice for my brother charles harris. thank you. >> next speaker. >> chief suhr, congratulations. i want to stress a point that hasn't been mentioned. you are a cop's cop i would hope you would be committed to the law above all else. even if it is a diverse cop from the gay community, whatever letter you want to put in front of it, the law is supreme in this country, city and state and i would hope you would take that into account above all else. that leads me to next point.
commissioner chan you were not here last week but i was but i have gone over the videotape and there were things said about patrols. >> you can't address one particular person. >> i would like to go over some of my notes. president mazzucco pointed out that the compliance of the patrol specials has been quote shoddy at best. the report he referred to said they routinely violate the rules. vice president of the commission, dr. marshal, i don't want to address you directly, but i want to thank him for keeping on it and not like some of you others, looking for ways to let them off the hook yet again after years and years after following the -- refusing to follow the rules. i want to note one of the
commissioners, this commissioner hammer, on three separate occasions referred to his devotion and love for jane warner as the basis for his support of the scoff law unconstitutional racketeers and doesn't care about the law and doesn't care about the constitution but only cares about his good friend the late may god have mercy on her soul jane warner. she is not in the law. i have checked the constitution and checked the statutes and your rules promulgated and her name isn't anywhere in those rules. she is not the law. the law is supreme. she is not. i wish you could put aside your friendships and if you cannot i wish you would recuse yourself. it is not proper to invoke her name as a basis for your justification for their criminal activities. thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good evening, commissioners.
my name is eric king. i filed a complaint with the o.c.c. against the san francisco police department. in the complaint i state that over an extended period of time, the san francisco police department has harassed me in an effort me to get me to leave the city of san francisco. i know that was the goal of the harassment because i was told to do so on two different occasions. and the reason why they want me to be gone is that i know the identity of one of the confidential informants in the jackson street gang racketeering case. the case was dismissed by the judge because prosecution refused to reveal the identity of the two confidential informants and felt they could not protect them. i know who one of them is, so that's the basis of the harassment. i know one of the commissioners
here was at the department of justice when they tried the case, so i wonder if they're familiar with it. when this all began it was done by plain clothes police officers and i knew i was in over my head so i went to the san francisco police department for help and i was punished for that, really. so i was left on my own and so, i tried to do the best i can. i stuck to my task and eventually i was able to figure out who was behind the harassment and then why they were harassing me, wanting me to leave town. i sent a letter to the san francisco district attorney's office and i got no response. i felt they would be interested in knowing that the identity of a confidential informant had been disclosed due to police go
misconduct and i filed a complaint and this is what brought me here tonight to speak to you. running out of time. >> keep going. >> i have issues with the way the complaint was handled, but i'm not going to speak to those issues tonight. what i want to speak about is the findings of the commission. they ruled information only and they also said that the complaint raised matters outside the jurisdiction of the o.c.c. i tried to get clarification -- well, if you read the definition of information only, it says, the evidence proved that the action complained of did not involve a sworn member of the department or -- and this is a big or -- that the action described was so obviously imaginary that their occurrence
is not admissible by any competent -- >> if you could wrap it up. >> i need to get an explanation of what they mean by explanation only. also regarding the statement that it raised matters odds the jurisdiction of the o.c.c., one of the investigators told me that one of the cops that i named in the complaint had retired so therefore, they don't have jurisdiction over him. what the other investigator told me was someone else was behind the harassment. i need clarification please. and i would like to note on this report it says my complaint was withdrawn and i never withdrew it. >> thank you, sir. thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> am i go go to get
clarification on -- am i go go to get clarification on the findings here. >> you have the number and maybe you can contact chief investigator and director hicks will speak with him and will have an answer for you. >> commissioners, director of san francisco citizens for open government. you disregarded your agenda and went to item number five, two hours on that and closed session and forced all the members of the public that were here to talk about the other items and agenda out of the room. it was done so you could come back after your long closed session and then conduct all of the rest of the business on the agenda without public participation in the process or the opportunity to give public
comment. and before someone tells me you have the right to set the agenda, yeah, you have the right to set the agenda but i have the right to tell you once you set it, you have to stick to it. and after making statements about the fact that you appreciate public comment doesn't hold very well when you take actions that actually preclude the public from making those comments. when you did this back in september and i came back and i stayed around for four hours to call it to your attention, that was when you tried to tell me i wasn't allowed to talk about it. six out of the seven of you are attorneys and you must have some education in constitutional law and you know that you can't make up silly rules to tell a member of the public that they are not allowed to talk about certain things that they feel affect this board, its operations, its policies or procedures. we have been through this over and over again. what you have learned to do, you have learned to manipulate the agenda, force the people who are
members of the public out. the first reason is six out of the seven of you are attorneys and since the charters say it is to make up the community, i have a hard time to understand how you reflect anything but a legal point of view. if the civil rights and constitutional rights of the citizens who come to speak to you are compromised, it doesn't matter to you. don't say we appreciate the value of the comments, we appreciate the public input because the reality says you don't. sometimes it's interesting when you do come back and members of the public are gone and you don't think anybody is listening to you, you say some remarkable
things so i is an upside to it. you say some things that you forget, there are no members of the public and you make honest admissions that the department is withholding things so the line you follow in criminal cases, so it's interesting to listen to you. you don't respect the public and don't respect their right to comment and don't respect the flag. >> next speaker. >> good evening. how are you? >> fine. sounds like you guys are busted. good evening to you and congratulations to chief greg suhr. kojak is back. >> this is for you all. and it's called to suhr with love. the authority be mine to raise
the roof with these facts in constitutional truth the constitution dictates all lawful interpretation by all law enforcement in this here nation especially by the sheriff or chief of police the living lord has been mocked and be mocked no more, coming now to seize the corporate store of war i have no interest in reasons or any alibi disregarding the constitution better still arrest the politician or the serpent that clouds true vision to see for the nonprofit he be, serve your warriors well to avoid riot. for your target destiny be the service the meek, being in service to almighty so they all seek, i know about black mail
and child porn and san francisco's police come policity, new police chief do not be afraid of the heavy hand perhaps like dirty harry better still at almighty's command. so as not to guess, hand over these culprits to the press. be now in service to the lost and least, bring down pedafile whether judge or catholic priest. i know who you are and i know where you have been and we know religions, the olive branch be real to seal the deal, the reckoning be upon us to all to heal. protect the upcoming student worker general strike, the promised land path be a worth hike and so this is what i'm here to share with the likes of you. i have also provided to a lot of your officers including some here tonight some information specific to the garrido case.
i support and i write about and respect law enforcement. we know that there is a segment that's been a little bit more than questionable and the case of the garrido case could never have gone on for 18 years let alone 18 days without some law enforcement come policity. i ask you to investigate this because there are tie-ins to san francisco and i believe we are here to do what's best for all. and i thank you for blessing me with your time. good luck. >> next speaker. >> good luck. that's a statement. i also welcome you, chief, to
the city. i have been a resident for 41 years. i'm glad that we have someone who is yung enough to last 10 more years instead of an import from new mexico or newark or l.a. that doesn't know the background of this city or the police procedures, like the biggest disaster we had in george gascon. the district attorney running for office now after being chief of police. so i welcome you, sir. you have a big plate and it's full. a couple of items which you have seen in the last couple of days puts the commission on notice that you aren't doing the job or job that is equal to maybe the new chief of police and i don't have to bring up the article for you. san francisco, f.b.i., chief of police, we know about the drop
program and i say suhr as chief of police, don't take your marching orders from the police chief association that dances around. they are not paid for by us, which is a city and county. they are not voted in by us which is city and county but stuck a big pay check out of guys like you to keep their establishment rolling while this city rolls into bankrupt and the cash flow statements or negative cash flow statements are coming from the s.f.p.d., both pensions and sal salaries. we have to talk about the drop program, 400 officers say they are going to leave. i bring that to your attention sir because i saw gascon parade in this city with a limo with escorts and police cars with no
police chief in the history of this city has done that. i have noticed when the president of the united states, mr. obama showed up on two occasions, i saw the biggest amada of police officers sawing the president. never saw that with george clinton, -- bill clinton and george bush. are there threats against his life or putting officers in overtime. this is part of his plan to create royalty in your office or his office and i think the budget has to put a stop to that. realize where this city is going, off the cliff financially and this commission should understand that starting now with the new chief. i thank you for your time. >> welcome back. >> good evening. i'm barry toronto.
been a while since i have been here, but i thought it would be a good time because i have another meeting here this afternoon and i wanted to welcome the new chief. i think chief suhr, it's telling when the chief doesn't come with a whole bunch of bodyguards and shakes your hand right away. that's a good sign, not just for the officers, but the citizens of san francisco and the bay area. a good sign and ought to take that note. so, it means that if you have a problem or concern, he will at least talk with you and that didn't happen with his predecessors, i'm sorry. but i do want to say, though, i wanted to nominate angela chan for commissioner of the year for the city, because i have watched the meetings regarding the c.i.t. program and the tasers. the array of speakers and the program she put on, i should pay
for it because it's a college class. it was a college class of information. it was amazing. and so i think -- i think everybody should respect her for that and i think she should be on staff for that. it's amazing. i want r wanted to say though the county of marin paid to a sheriff who violated use of a protocol for use of a taser. look at the video and story to get information about it. next, about p -- the permits, the permit officers, every district, i want to say you have a good one and bad one. he shows up at meetings and has a grat attitude how he deals with issues. but you have another one is bad.
shows up at meetings and provides the conditions from the police department the last minute, giving the applicants of place of entertainment permits hard any time to deal with your conditions. timothy dalton should be replaced. and last but not least had a meeting over at the m.t.a. involving deputy chief murphy. there needs to be a timely manner that the taxi drivers and dispatchers get the information that a violent crime has occurred so they can look at the suspect ordeal with the issue. unfortunately the way it's being done now is a little difficult and i'm hoping under chief you can look at how taxi enforcement is being done and bring it back the way it was before.
thank you and good luck to you. >> next speaker. we are waiting for you clyde. you are next. >> hello, good evening. i worked on police issues throughout the 1990's. knew a lot of police chiefs and i want to say something to what a police chief told me. you might recognize his name, tony boza. he was a cop in new york and police chief in minneapolis. he said one thing. either have to represent the people or you have to make a choice and represent the police union. you have to make a choice. i hope you make the right one. >> good evening, clyde.
>> good evening. we spoke before, i think, chief suhr? didn't i tell you on monday you were going to be here on wednesday and sitting in that chair. and you said what? i knew. it leaked. that's great. i have never in my born days seen the support for an officer that's equal to william. you made that league. you have made that league. and i grew up with william and i never seen -- he had support nationally, internationally and to prove a point last night when this first news broke publicly, i got a call. it just went viral. so i jumped up on the net and it was viral. >> you were blogging? >> you know that. michael levin. and 70%, 70% of the log on
stgate and sfexaminer were positive. there are people out in the viral world who insult god. the insult, don't take it personally. 75% and the ones who insulted you, i defended you because people can spin. and some of the stuff that was spinning, i was googling, here are the facts. welcome and welcome and every officer on the force. biggest joke, i see the beat cup. clyde, has it happened yet, because they think i know. i said not yet. when's the press conference? when's the press conference. i had a friendly bet. i got lots ofwelcome, and enjoy. >> any further public comment?